Maharashtra now has a ‘state butterfly’, and here’s what it looks like

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Mumbai: Maharashtra supervision on Monday announced Blue Mormon as a state butterfly.

The state is also a initial in a nation to make such announcement.


Blue Mormon. Flickr CC Tim Hamilton

The preference was taken in a assembly of a state Wildlife Board here chaired by Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Maharashtra already has Indian Giant Squirrel (Shekru) as a state animal, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon (Hariyal) as state bird, mango as state tree, and Lagerststroemia (Jarul) as state flower though did not have moth as one of a black representing a flora and fauna.

“Nature-lovers have always been preoccupied by butterfly. The state is home to scarcely 225 varieties of butterflies and home to about 15 per cent of their race in a country. No state in a nation has ever announced a state moth and a class has been one of a many neglected elements,” Mungantiwar told reporters here.

He pronounced Maharashtra has turn a initial state to have a state butterfly.

“Academicians, investigate scholars on butterflies and nature-lovers have requested a timberland apportion (Mungantiwar also binds Forest department) to cruise ‘Blue Mormon’ for a desired title,” a apportion said.

‘Blue Mormon’ (Papilio polymnestor) is a second largest by size, usually behind a southern birdwing.

It has velvet, black wings with splendid blue spots. The reduce finish of a wings are black while a physique has some red spots on one side. Interestingly, it is usually found in Sri Lanka, western ghats of Maharashtra, South India and coastal belts of a country.

Occasionally, this moth is also speckled from Vidharbha to Western Maharashtra.